For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, April 4, 2011


MavAlert emergency notification system test Wednesday; check your contact information

To ensure preparedness for timely communications during an emergency, the MavAlert Emergency Notification System will be activated university-wide at noon Wednesday, April 6.

The system is designed to deliver rapid notification to all faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications via email, telephone, mobile devices, etc., when an urgent situation arises.

Note that you will receive a text message only if you have added your cellphone number or other SMS text message device to your contact information in the MavAlert system.

To ensure you receive all emergency communications at your preferred locations and devices, please update your contact information now on the MavAlert registration page at Log in with your UT Arlington Net ID and password; then follow the instructions to add your SMS contact number to the MavAlert system. To update other information, go to UT Direct.

During the test Wednesday, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses, phone numbers, and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “TEST: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take. Thank you.”

Since this is the first Wednesday of the month, a routine test of the Outdoor Warning System also will occur that same day at 12:30 p.m. Additionally, the City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to Wednesday.

The Green at College Park

Dedication of The Green at College Park includes butterfly release, lawn games

University, city, and community leaders will gather in The Green at College Park Tuesday, April 5, to officially open the innovative green space that anchors College Park District to the south and embodies Arlington’s progress toward urban renewal.

The 2 p.m. event will feature the release of 200 Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies and remarks by President James D. Spaniolo, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, and Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon. Emcee is Marni Jade Evans, interim director of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a pilot rating system for sustainable land development. Lawn games follow the dedication.

The Green at College Park is the first of three major construction projects to be completed in the College Park District, a 20-acre area under development at UT Arlington. The new green space was designed with sustainability in mind and is one of 150 locations worldwide to serve as a pilot for the SITES project, a new rating system for green landscape, design, construction, and maintenance.

"The Green at College Park is one more example of the strong partnerships UT Arlington has established with the city of Arlington and our neighbors," Spaniolo says. "We invite our community to use this beautiful, sustainable space as a place to relax, unwind, and play."

'UTA Begins With U' campaign debuts at annual cookout Friday

Have lunch, win door prizes, and learn more about the UTA Begins With U campaign at the annual cookout for faculty and staff 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Central Library mall. In case of rain, the cookout will be in the atrium at Nedderman Hall.

Faculty and staff who give to any area or program on campus are a part of the Nedderman Society, a special recognition organization named for Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Nedderman to honor their spirit and dedication to the University and its students.

You can contribute to UT Arlington by check or cash, credit/debit card at, or payroll deduction. Visit the site to learn more about giving and the difference you can make.

The cookout, presented by the Office of Development, honors society members and provides information for future members.

  Mav Pic Glass art show

Mass of glass

A large selection of works dazzled patrons at Friday's World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center. Faculty, students, and visiting artists in the University’s internationally known glass program crafted the items. See more art show images.

College of Nursing staging disaster drill

The College of Nursing will stage a disaster preparedness demonstration for about 100 nursing students 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Campus Recreation Fields Complex, near Fielder Road and Mitchell Street. The site is just east of Arlington’s Swift Elementary School, 1101 S. Fielder Road.

A helicopter from PHI Helicopter will land on the field as part of the demonstration. Other planned participants in the event include UT Arlington Police, Arlington Medical Response, and Arlington police and fire departments.

Parts of the adjacent parking lot will be blocked off during the demonstration. The public, including children from the elementary school, will not be allowed inside the demonstration area.

Saturday's Picnic in the Park features games, music for alumni, friends

The fifth annual Picnic in the Park brings alumni and former students together 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Doug Russell Park, located on the northwest corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends can join in games, children's activities, music, and giveaways. Plenty of food will be provided. Come dressed in your best Maverick spirit attire for the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competition. Prizes will be awarded.

Cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $8 for non-members. Children 7 and younger will be admitted free. Parking will be available in the surrounding business lots on Mitchell Street.

In case of rain, the picnic will be held at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or

Sign up for Tuesday's Mini Relay for Life, help the American Cancer Society

Help raise money for the American Cancer Society by participating in the spring UT Arlington Mini Relay for Life 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

The relay begins at the Health Services Center, goes to the Maverick Activities Center, and back to the Health Center. Last year 20 teams walked and raised money, and organizers are hoping more teams will participate this year.

As the American Cancer Society’s signature activity, Relay For Life is a major player in every facet of the society’s mission. The event serves to increase awareness, recognize and celebrate survivors and caregivers, remember those who lost the cancer battle, and encourage grassroots involvement in the fight against cancer. The funds raised have played a significant role in many of the society’s recent accomplishments.

Sign up for the Mini Relay for Life. For more information, see Health Services.

Mav Pic College Park Center

Interior view

Workers continue construction on the interior portion of College Park Center. The multipurpose structure is expected to be completed late this year. Keep up with the progress on the construction webcam.


Tree planters needed on Earth Day

The Office of Sustainabilty hopes to plant around 90 trees in 14 locations across campus 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 20, as part of the Earth Day celebration.

Approximately 50 volunteers are needed to plant the trees, which were donated by the City of Arlington. Volunteers should email Meghna Tare at Larry Harrison, from the Office of Facilities Management, will coordinate the planting.

UT Arlington is working toward a Tree Campus USA designation.

University to host early voting in May

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2-4 for the May 14 local elections. The polling site will be in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voter registration applications are available through Thursday, April 14, in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, in the University Center. For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at or 2-0556.

Fajitas on the menu for University Club monthly special Thursday

Tex-Mex is featured at the University Club’s monthly buffet special Thursday, April 7. Beef fajitas, chicken fajitas, chiles rellenos, cheese enchiladas, borracho beans, and corn on the cob will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $8 per person plus tax.

The regular menu will not be available Thursday. Feel free to check out with the host or hostess instead of waiting for the server if you are in a hurry. The University Club is located on the ground level of Davis Hall.

Financial fair aimed at student veterans Wednesday

A Financial Fair for Student Veterans brings speakers from the Internal Revenue Service, Consumer Credit Counseling, and Money Management International noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in room 101 of College Hall.

Speakers will address budgeting, creating savings, the impact of credit, improving credit, filing tax returns, and other financial topics.

Lunch and informational packets will be provided for the first 40 student veterans who attend the event, hosted by the Student Veterans Advisory Council.

Contact Anita Perez at or 2-3373 for additional information.

Benefit Yourself

Food for Thought: Vitamins, Minerals, Bee Pollen?

A registered dietitian will help you decipher what you need to know about supplements, what you should and should not be taking, and what brands to buy. Free. Noon, Wednesday, April 6, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Windows 7

Introduction to Windows 7

Learn how to navigate your computer, manage files, and basic maintenance techniques with Windows 7. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT Training.

Be a Money Maverick

Attend this financial wellness workshop designed to cover management of income and expenses, led by Sherry Inman of Money Management International. No registration required. Free. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 13. Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, Judy Oslund,

Social Security and Medicare Workshop

Discover your options as you near retirement age. This workshop is led by Tom Clark of the Social Security Administration and Jessica Jenkins of Medicare. No registration required. Free. Noon, Thursday, April 14. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Human Resources, Judy Oslund,

Building High Performance Teams

Learn how to cultivate high-performance qualities in your team and how to motivate team members to set and achieve goals. Examine strategies for effective communication and decision making. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount of $99.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 21. Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Continuing Education.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, April 6

Ed Wallace

Arlington Technology Association Ed Wallace, right, newspaper columnist, radio host, BusinessWeek writer, and television automotive reporter, speaks on "A National Energy Policy, the Price of Fuel, and their Effect on America's Future." Free to ATA members, first-time guests, and students. Register. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, Arlington Technology Association.

Architecture Lecture Series Hoang Dang ('90 BS, '93 MArch), a founder and partner of 5g Studio Collaborative, an architecture and graphic design firm in Dallas, is the featured speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, April 7

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Wanda Dye, assistant professor of architecture, discusses "Sustainable Urban Landscapes," an examination of new projects and proposals that take derelict or leftover spaces and sites and cultivate them into sustainable urban landscapes. Free. 9:30 a.m. Environmental and Sustainablity Studies. Jeff Howard, 2-5119.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Science Week highlights achievements

Science Week

The College of Science celebrates the education and research that have made it one of the state’s leaders in the advancement of science during Science Week, April 4-8.

Admission is free for faculty, staff, students, and alumni with Maverick ID to Violent Universe at the Planetarium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The show is also open to the general public at regular prices.

College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma heads up a joint meeting with the Medical Dental Preparatory Association at noon Wednesday, April 6, in Room 119 of the Life Sciences Building. The Dean's Forum is hosted by the Science Constituency Council.

Thaddeus Arroyo (’86 BS, mathematics), a Distinguished Alumnus, will speak to mathematics students about his experiences as chief information officer for AT&T’s nationwide operations at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Room 110 of Pickard Hall.

Monday, April 4

Parade of Banners Begins at Nedderman Hall and proceeds to the Library mall where International Week festivities begin. Opening Ceremony continues in the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center, where there will be international performances and refreshments. 11:45 a.m. International Student Organization, 2-2355.

Guest Flute Recital Features Christina Guenther, assistant professor of music at Stephen F. Austin State University. Free. 5 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, April 5

International Week Food Fair Try authentic, traditional foods from all over the world, prepared by international student organizations. 25 cents per ticket, $5 buys a meal. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall. International Student Organization, 2-2355.

Dallas Stars Discount tickets are available to faculty, staff, and friends for the two remaining home games, Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 7. 7:30 p.m., American Airlines Center, Dallas. College Town, UTA.

Wednesday, April 6

$2 Movie: The Other Guys Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Softball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Orange for the Cure: Softball Rally against Leukemia. Free for fans who make a donation to Texas Woman's University softball player Abby Burns, who was diagnosed with leukemia three months ago. 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

International Week Fashion Show Traditional and modern clothing from all over the world modeled by UT Arlington students. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Student Organization, 2-2355.

Mavs Got Talent Comedian Cristena Alonzo performs and hosts a talent show featuring UT Arlington students. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL, 2-2963.

Jazz Recital Features adjunct music instructors Brian Mulholland on bass and Ken Edwards on trumpet, and graduate students Jaime Reyes on drums, Josh Hanlon on piano, and Mike Morrison on baritone sax. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday, April 7

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. North Texas. Free. 3 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Gallery 76102 Opening Reception "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson, who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Exhibit continues through May 31. Reception free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Features works of composers John Mackey, Ron Nelson, and Antonin Dvorak. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Photo Exhibit UT Arlington photography students exhibit their work in "davis/bishop2011.doc," which documents an Oak Cliff neighborhood. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Thursday, April 7. Reception 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, Kessler Theater, Dallas. Kenda North,

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world experience of surreal vistas and thrilling amusement park rides. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



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